Streets may close for bicycles

Full story: LA Daily News

Click the picture to check out more info about CicLAvia. In an effort to promote biking and walking in car-choked Los Angeles, a 7.5-mile swath of city streets will be closed Oct.
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A Reptile Dysfunction

Calabasas, CA

#1 Sep 22, 2010
If the streets are closed, how will the gangbangers do drive-bys ?
Proud Liberal

United States

#2 Sep 22, 2010
$280,000 to encourage the Critical Mass cretins?!? They blow through red lights, stop signs, etc., making decent folks wait while they play their little herd mentality games. Just kidding; I love to see these young, carefree folks having fun. Enjoy! Enjoy! Soon enough you'll be an arthritic old cranky guy typing out bizarre, angry comments to a fringe newspaper website.
DRW

Temecula, CA

#3 Sep 23, 2010
Hey DN, how about a map of the closed route?

Another wrong-headed idea. This is, and for the forseeable future, will be car country.

Nothing against bicycling. It's good clean fun, and it's green.(Many of the bicyclists, however, are obnoxious, and need a kick in their spandex pants.)

But... Streets are for cars. Sidewalks are for pedestrians. Bike lanes are for bicyclists. When you force them to share the same real estate you have a recipe for non-stop conflicts and accidents.
danny d

Pacoima, CA

#4 Sep 23, 2010
yea 3rd world nation bikes over cars what is this china or mexico what next a place to tie the horses at wall mart !
Anamouse

Redondo Beach, CA

#6 Sep 23, 2010
If I had a business in that area I would be real P issed.

No customers who need more than a bicycle can't do business in that area during those hours???? Many will just patronize similar businesses in areas outside that zone, and lots won't ever come back.

If they want a car free zone they should open a new area for development for that purpose so they don't drive existing businesses out of business by excluding customers that they may need to stay in business.
tell the truth

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Sep 23, 2010
Los Angeles is a third world Country. This provres it . the had to go to a third world Country for and idea how to deal with this life style.

“Walter Moore”

Since: Jun 08

Los Angeles

#8 Sep 23, 2010
They should charge each rider $10 to offset the cost to taxpayers.
Herb

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Sep 23, 2010
We would not be "dense and park poor," as the article puts it, if we did not keep having large families. End the tax credit for children and watch family size go down. That's a genuinely "green" idea.
big mike

Carrollton, TX

#11 Sep 23, 2010
wow! imagine that, another latin holliday in LA. how original

“Rico's Are Everywhere”

Since: Dec 09

Gangland, North America

#12 Sep 23, 2010
Walter Moore wrote:
They should charge each rider $10 to offset the cost to taxpayers.
And you want to be mayor of Los Angeles? What else do you propose? A pedestrian user tax for the sidewalk?

“Rico's Are Everywhere”

Since: Dec 09

Gangland, North America

#13 Sep 23, 2010
Herb wrote:
We would not be "dense and park poor," as the article puts it, if we did not keep having large families. End the tax credit for children and watch family size go down. That's a genuinely "green" idea.
I'm putting all my chips on 'you don't have any kids'!
speedy turtle

Torrance, CA

#14 Sep 23, 2010
people in L.A. don't even have bikes
Gill

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Sep 23, 2010
This is beyond on STUPID . Using money from the city fund and measure R to pay for this event is WRONG. Measure R was for building subways and more bus routes. They have closed several bus routes in Eagle Rock, Hermon, El Sereno and Highland Park, among other cities that have lost bus routes because of supposed lack of money to pay for the routes, But now they have money to close streets for a day $85,000 for a free sunday ride that all taxpayers are paying for. What the hell.

Bill all the people that are going to ride that day $ 2 dollars, i'am sure hundreds of people would still show up, Bill all the vendors that are going to be there selling bikes , water, snacks among othere things that will end up being sold along the route. How about sponsers paying for this EXPENSIVE event.

Are police going to be giving out tickets to riders who don't wear helmets and don't obey the traffic laws??? I doubt it.

I'm all for bike riding as i ride my bike every weekend. But to bill all taxpaying people is plain old WRONG.
money

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Sep 23, 2010
Rico from East Los II wrote:
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And you want to be mayor of Los Angeles? What else do you propose? A pedestrian user tax for the sidewalk?
What a stupid response. How many streets need to be closed for pedestrians? 0.

Streets are for cars, bike lanes are for bikes, & sidewalks are for pedestrians.

Maybe you should help pay the $280,000.00.+ overtime for all the police that will be used that day.
Red W Blue

Washington, DC

#17 Sep 23, 2010
Heidi Zeller is a fool and the answers the questions of men are character issues of women in Los Angeles! We have a right to chose Do we want to re--elect Senator Ma'dme Skank(Barabara Boxer) or have the Carly the Lady who made it to the corporate boardroom and was decisive like it or not!
Herb

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Sep 23, 2010
Rico from East Los II wrote:
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I'm putting all my chips on 'you don't have any kids'!
You're right! I'm making a sacrifice to help my country and my world!
Anamouse

Redondo Beach, CA

#19 Sep 23, 2010
speedy turtle wrote:
people in L.A. don't even have bikes
Many elderly and handicapped people won't have the energy needed to get in and out of there if they can't acces the handicapped parking.

I guess the proponents only want fit, trim and young people around them when they go there.

I wonder if they will feel the same when they get older themselves?
Sean

United States

#20 Sep 23, 2010
Council member Smith has the right idea. Make sure the Neighborhood Coumcils are included in planning of bicycle paths. That is the quickest way to make sure nothing gets done. I have yet to hear of one City initiative that has not been ripped or outright rejected by the neighborhood councils. Goe ahead, MAKE MY DAY!

Since: Jun 10

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Sep 23, 2010
Walter Moore wrote:
They should charge each rider $10 to offset the cost to taxpayers.
There you go again Walter. Thinking only of the taxpayers.

Boy,$280,000 is pretty steep though. Too bad the org can't get some sponsorship to help pay for this. But what business in their right mind would sponsor such a thing? And on a Friday no less!

Secretly, I like the idea, but if they want real participation, make this a Saturday event and let the families join in.
MDWhite

Los Angeles, CA

#22 Sep 23, 2010
So Villaraigosa falls off his bike and suddenly the new mini-nation, Ciclavia, poofs into existence. I wonder what would happen if he fell out of his office chair...that is, if he spent any time in his office doing his job.

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